"The Examinied life is no picnic" -Robert Fulghum
Now thats it's getting warmer outside and hopefully we can count on sunny days... for the most part, we should step out of our comfort zone and have a picnic. Bring our inner childhood back into our life for just a single day.
Plus, how gorgeous are these picnic ideas? It makes me want to get in a car and drive almost 8 hours home to the beach.
Ideas for thought on this gloomy Oxford Saturday.
"Earth laughs in flowers" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of my most favorite things about spring time are the new fresh blooms blossoming all around.
I'm a fanatic of always having fresh flowers of all sorts in my house, and lets be honest, spring has the most beautiful assortments of flowers.
I typically go more for the subtle yet sophiticated white or soft pink roses, hydrangeas of any sort and my absolute favorite, peonies.
When I buy bouquets of flowers at Whole foods, or at a flower shoppe in my area, even Kroger its like a natural high for me. I get so giddy like a little girl in a candy shoppe.
Emerson definitely said it best when he said, "Earth laughs in flowers."
Flowers are one of natures simplistic beauties. Above are some of my absolute favorite arrangements, and no one can go wrong with a little lavender bouquet.
Shout out to all the HATERS out there. I want to say thank you for hating because without you, we really could't do it.
You gave us the inner strength and desire to keep moving forward and succeed despite your hate and jealously.
You are the real MVP. Cheers to you today and everyday. Keep doing you, because obviously we are unstoppable.
Waking up each morning can be a drag sometimes especially if we didn't sleep well or got little to no sleep.
Sometimes we get caught up in our dilemmas and problems... sometimes the morning struggles, that we forget to set an intention for the day ahead.
Setting an intention is basically setting a purpose, something you're wanting to accomplish within the day. This is also called a resolution but in a much smaller, day-to-day scale. Instead of setting long term goals or intents we should set daily goals which reminds us of what we're trying to achieve in the long run. Showing us that every day counts and matters and if we take this daily we're most likely to get where we want to be.
Everyday we should wake up with the attitude of doing something important, something that's of value for us and the people around us. Each day we should live with a purpose to become a better "us" to not only strive for good, but actually do good and help others along the way.
We have dreams. We have aspirations. We have goals.
What good is it to have all of these things if we don't work towards them on a daily basis?
Is it because we're scared of rejection or the possibilities of what could or might actually happen?
Fear doesn't exist, it is just your mind along with your emotions that creates a blockage or a wall between you and your success.
You have to start somewhere.
Start working towards your dreams, goals and aspirations TODAY!
Don't let the days, weeks months even years pass you by, because time is one thing that is unforgiving.
You can do whatever you set your mind to, just believe in yourself. You'll be surprised at what you can do.
“Decorating golden rule: Live with what you love.” -unknown
One of my favorite things to do when I decorate is mixing new with old, antique with contemporary and abstract with classic.
I'm HUGE on mixing modern art pieces with a french antique sofa or chair. No one ever said you had to stick to one style when you're designing a space. In decorating you can NEVER make a mistake, unless... you have no idea how to pair colors, then you're in for some trouble.
Mixing pieces, new and old gives your space a fresh flare. As if your giving the old pieces a chance to be new again and live again, while making the new modern, more contemporary pieces, look not so harsh or overwhelming.
I love each space above, how they incorporate different aspects of style.
The fist picture on the left is pretty plain and simple, what makes it pop and become a "wow" space are the modern hanging light fixtures, not just one light but four of them side by side to make a statement. Those light fixtures are literally the focal point of the space. Transforming it from ordinary and plain into extradorinaiy.
If you know me, you should know by now I LOVE monochromatic and basically all shades of white and muted grey (I know, weird). What makes this space so unique is how they did a very detailed enriched portrait and frame alongside a more classic antique chair with a modern table and lamps.
I'm not a fan a yellow by any means but last picture has me screaming and giddy for sunshine. Everything in this space just screams magnificent. French couch, modern chairs, abstract painting with an antique statue... yes please. If this isn't enough proof that you can mix and match different color pallets and design styles, I don't know what is.
Don't be afraid to mix and match pieces as long as you have love for your space it will come out as beautiful as the intention you had set for it.
We've all been told "no" at some point and depending on what it was, I bet it was slightly devastating at that time.
When you have your heart set on a goal or on something and it just vanishes away with a two letter word it really stings and leaves you questioning a lot of things.
Did you give up when you heard that one word or did you persist, "truck on," as they say? I hope you kept going and didn't give up on your goal or dream.
Sometimes we don't realize the true meaning and blessing of the word "no." Don't get me wrong I'm a "yes" girl, I love to be told yes... but when everything comes simple and easy we loose the value of it, because it was just given to us, we didn't have to work nearly as hard to get it.
When you get told "no" embrace it, because it's a sign from above testing you to see how bad you want it, and if you're worthy enough to get it and have it. Don't get discouraged but rather think of it as a test. If you just give up, that means you truly didn't care and you honestly have no right to be upset.
Find that burning flam inside you and keep it lit until you reach and attain your goals having nothing or none stop you in between. You will see how much more rewarding and fruitful it is to have it when you attain what you want.
"Laters, baby" - Christian Grey
This is pretty self explanatory:
Negativity, "Bye Felicia."
Negative energy, "Bye Felicia."
Non supporters, "Bye Felicia."
Doubters, "Bye Felicia."
Criticizers, "Bye Felicia."
Laters, baby, ain't nobody got time for you.
We all feel as though we have something to prove, not only to ourselves but to those around us. As if their opinion molds and shapes what we think of ourselves.
I know this to be personally true. I used to look for acceptance among others, there opinion of me was greater than my own in mostly all aspects. I've always been a self-assured and a confident person, I just typically wanted to be liked and well known among my peers.
It wasn't until college and honestly, until quite recently that I discovered the only one who should care about their opinion is yourself. If you are happy with yourself and what you do on a daily basis, screw everyone else and their opinion. You're living your life to please yourself, not others.
Plus, haven't you heard the saying "you can't please everyone?"
It's true. No matter how hard you try to please someone, it will eventually backfire and come back to haunt you.
You're perfectly you. Father God created you in the image of himself which is perfection. Although, we're human and nothing in this world is perfect, (except for maybe a toffee-nut iced latte or a lavender macaroon) we still are the image of what our Father has created us to be like.
So then why do we value what others think of us? Well, I just kinda answered that, because we're human and strive for perfection and always want to break the mold and fit in. Basically, we're all a little egotistical without us even really knowing it.
If we're striving for perfection than we need to be our most perfect self before we can judge others. This life is too short and has too many bumps along the way for us to waste time on what people think of us. We need to be ourselves, because at the end of the day, that's all that matters.
I am me,
You are you,
I cannot change you,
You cannot change me,
But we can get along with both of our imperfections.
We're all human, blood runs through our veins, our heart beats the same to keep us alive and functioning all the same. At times we get wrapped up on what is going on around us, what is totally and completely consuming us that we forget what comes out of our mouths.
Words are extremely important to our own personal success. What we think, say and feel without us truly knowing it, has the power to harm or better us.
I know we all go through things and we feel as though "we can't do this" or "we can't do that" but who has more power, your words or your mind?
I'd like to think our minds have more power and control over us than the words we speak. If that's the case, change your mindset that you "can do this" or you "can do that."
Another phrase that's dreadful like the plague is a combination of "I won't... because I don't have."
Wow... that's one heck of a negative affirmation.
You are setting your own self up for failure just by allowing that thought to come into your mind.
Why allow the outside elements of not having something control you or keep you from doing something?
If you really want to do something and you have that inner most burning desire you will do it no matter what circumstances you face or the obstacles you need to over come to get there.
Put your intent out to the Universe, if the Universe see's you really want it and are working towards getting it, you will see your way to getting it will go that much smoother for you.
Always remember that what you speak has power, cellmate the bad words from your vocabulary because you can do anything you set your mind and heart to do, and you can achieve greatness, just because you may "temporarily" not have something, never let it stop you from doing it. You can move mountains if you simply believe in yourself and in the power you have within you.
Here is a mantra you can say every day, morning and night, and you'll soon see that your outlook on life is completely different:
I am light
I am love
I am knowledge
I am wisdom
I am health
I am abundance
I am grace
I am power
I am positivity
I am harmony
I am good
I have all the riches I need
There is nothing I lack, for I am the image and child of my Father God
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
I"m huge on monochromatic. I love the simplicity and delicateness of everything being the same with a pop of color. Each photo represents something I love, something I strive to have in my own home. Not completely the same, but similar with my own touch, taste and flare.
1. I love how the wall and wall detailing are the same blanc white, giving the wall added texture and definition. The added molding makes it stand out from the simpleness of the furniture pieces. Not only did they carry out the simplicity throughout the design, but also the soothing color scheme. With the rich white sofa and muted cream pillows makes this couch an utter dream to not only sit on but admire. The wood coffee table brings in the natural beauty but also simplistic design making it a rather classic and timeless piece. My favorite pice in this room is the muted but yet deep lavender ottoman pieces. Muted to go with the light color palette of the room, to bring in some color but not go too crazy and bold. Overall giving the room a tranquil and romantic feel.
2. Everyone who really knows me knows my favorite color is white and cream (yes, I know... weird lol). White is such a soft romantic color thats not only is beautiful but soothing to the eye. After a long hard day I want to come home and be soothed by a warming color pallet making me feel I was at the spa or somewhere relaxing, not just at home. The deeper the color pallets you have in your home the more anxiety and intensity you feel (it's a real thing, look it up). I'm in love with how everything is white and how the only thing that sounds out is the bouquet of flowers and the cream silk curtain tapestry.
3. Have you noticed a similarity yet within all the pictures? I'm HUGE on wall and cabinetry detail. You can have something so simple and with a slight add on makes it seem more luxurious and timeless. I love how everything in this kitchen is nearly muted to the same color palette with the exception of the stove. If they had gone for the much simpler classic stainless-steel stove it would have still looked great, but the french black and silver makes this kitchen pop, becoming an eye catcher and the focal point of the area. The simple detail of the faucet makes the sink elegant and timeless along with the grey scale marble counter top and back splash, it's refinement at its best.
Some of you may know that I am in the process of writing my first motivational book. I decided I was going to share bits and pieces of my book on my blog, starting with the Prologue.
I hope you enjoy.
You don’t like something in life, change it.
Sounds simple right? Yeah, no not so much.
Let me start off with an introduction, I’m Nathalie M. Barreto. Hi! I’m 24 and on the verge of becoming the next spinster of this decade. Have you ever heard of the expression “bad luck comes in three’s?” You have no idea how God-offly true that statement is.
My bad three’s: love, friends/family, money and education/career.
Just life in general, come to think of it.
Wait, did I say bad things come in three’s? Sorry. In my case it’s obviously more. Like they say, "when it rains, it pours.”
For a few days now I’ve had this urge to do something with my life, like to really do something... but I feel stagnant. I’m currently in the smallest town I’ve been in. A town where its okay to dress in heels and wear a Sunday dress to a football game and drink mint juleps out of sterling cups on the regular. No clue yet? Let me simplify it, I’m in the land of Hell Yea, Damn Right... good Ole Oxford, Mississippi, a soul sucking, gut wrenching town. Or at least it has recently became this way for me, simply because I let it.
Yes, I take full responsibility and accountability.
I’ve been thinking for a while now that I want to do something to empower people to bring people out of funks (like the one I’m currently in). But it was brought to my attention, from someone I know, that you can’t write a motivational book being unmotivated.
Well, how about this, you must find yourself in the same place I am if you’re reading this, obviously, so why don’t we help each other and by the end we should feel some form of upliftment.
I’m also pretty sure we can get rid of the “funk” we’re in together rather than alone.
Don't forget about your dreams, they won't forget about you.
Go “A dream is the only way to breathe," they said. "You must find a more useful way to live," they said.
Dreaming is just ones way of fortifying and implementing thoughts that have already been brought and placed to you through our Father God and his angels.
To dream is to live.
To live is a dream.
Why stop dreaming to fit in with the norm and mold of society?
Society tells us not to do this, not to do that, but when will it be time for us to tell society NO. That it's my time to live, to live out my dream and breathe out my dream in full color, NOT black and white.
Dreaming is a powerful and potent thing to a persons success. It motivates you to achieve greatness, to shoot for the stars, never turning your head back at what is left behind or what got shambled into pieces in the process.
To dream is to feel liberated and wealthy. Having the power of your mind and subconscious run thoughts through you and around you, reassuring you of all the possibilities that's in your reach now.
To dream is not to be scared of life, but it's to grasp it fully, to embody yourself in it whole-heartedly and never let go until the last breathe you breathe is that magical sigh of relief for completing your dreams.
Never condone or criticize the dreams of those around you.
To criticize is to say “you aren’t good enough.”
Everyone is good enough to fulfill their inner most desires whether being short and simple, or grand and complex.
You are good enough.
You ARE good enough.